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London – July 4th, 1988
In a few days time, I’ll be celebrating my 2nd anniversary of coming to live and work in London. While I look back at the past two years, it’s been nothing but full of excitement and life. I’m indeed living the best part of my life at the moment and am going to continue to enjoy every second of it.
While I’ve been working non-stop and not enjoying any social life, it seems that Nigel has met his next boyfriend. I feel quite envious because from what Nigel has told me about him, he sounds just the type of man I would fall madly in love with. I’ve only ever suffered extreme jealousy once in my life, and those feelings re-emerged after Nigel told me all about Ian. Of course, I can’t wait to meet him, and I wish Nigel happiness with his new man, but I can’t help but hope that the relationship doesn’t work out. Maybe it’s because I see myself losing my best friend?
The quietest of my housemates, Marcus, is going through a severe bout of depression. He told me this evening that it’s all to do with not being able to find a job. It’s become a serious problem now, with his family having to step in to help him pay the rent for his room. I managed to persuade him to come to Marty’s birthday party later this week so, hopefully, this will help lift the dark clouds that surround him. I told Marcus that he’ll be helping me get out of a rut if he comes to the party with me. It’s about time I got myself out and about again. Let’s hope it works for both of us.
Still no contact from Jamie, but I’m not worried about that. He’ll come to me if he wants to.
Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week my guest is the poet, writer, and blogger, Judy E. Martin. I had the privilege of meeting Judy at The 2nd Annual Bloggers Bash, in June 2016, and also had the pleasure of Judy appearing on my blog. Click here to read the post.
Judy can do something that I find challenging to do. She writes brilliant poetry, much of which will have you laughing out loud as you read the humour she manages to mix into everyday situations and life. Her book, Rhymes Of The Times, is about finding the humour or raising a smile from the everyday things that we can all relate to in life, and looking at them from a different perspective. Nothing escapes versification; there is even a subject on sex! After all, that is one subject where there is plenty of room for laughter, even if it may not be the right moment.
Click here to buy Rhymes Of The Times.
Judy lives in the beautiful county of Kent, in the UK, with her long-suffering (her words) husband Bob, (Mr Grump), daughter Lucinda (Miss Hap), and Roxy, the beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, all of whom have found their way into her poems.
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Judy is always very supportive of her fellow writers and bloggers and always brings a shine to the world of blogging.
Judy’s song choice is Our Lips Are Sealed by Fun Boy Three.
Released in 1983, the Fun Boy Three version of the song, originally recorded by the group the Go-Go’s, became a top ten hit in the UK, outselling the release by the Go-Go’s whose version only made it as far as number 47. However, elsewhere around the world, the Go-Go’s version of the song was a far bigger hit. Thank you for the excellent song choice, Judy.
Back in July 1988, I wonder if I could keep my lips sealed about how I was feeling about Nigel and his new boyfriend? Do you have a favourite song that’s connected to jealousy? Share a link to it in the comments.
Next week, while work takes a toll on my social life, the phone call I’ve been waiting for from Jamie finally happens. What will he have to say? Click here to find out.
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